Saturday, November 17, 2012
We're gettin' ready for more fun in January 2013 at ACT Theatre. In the mean time, relive these amazing shots from our first Outdoor festival. Photos by Ian Johnston.
Kamikaze Festival photos by Truman Buffett.
If you're ready to just get your tickets for the January 2013 14.48 at ACT Theatre january 4 - 5 & 11 - 12, get one of those 40 Alll-Fest passes and click here.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Saturday, September 8, 2012
<p>The band's brilliant original song "Self Help" with Chuck Leggett solo kicks us off.</p>
<p>Show #5 - Blank Because Blank by Jim Lapan directed by Shawn Law:
One of my favorites of the night. Two older sisters are fighting while their baby sister (a show-stealing Marianna de Fazio) plays in the pool. The fight eventually turns into bonding over difficulties in their young lives. Touching, funny, and rockin' dance moves. Way to go, band. The crowd enjoyed this one a lot.
Show #6 - Yoga, a Man's Relaxation Technique by Scott Herman directed by Rachel Delmar:
Destined to go down in 14/48 history, this.might be the first ever one-hander. Technically a two-hander, but Virgin actor Matt Gilbert has all the lines. And he's in a dance belt and leotard. Keith and Matt are rocking this one, and the audience is enjoying it. Photos of this show will be used as blackmail.
Show #7 - Time Sweepers by Matt Smith directed by Darian Kindle:
Henrietta the Homemaker is trying to win Miss Homemaker: Universe Edition. Then her future self arrives to warn her against winning. Then her even more future self arrives. And then her childhood imaginary friend unicorn. In the end, it all comes down to the unicorn trying to pee all over the stage. Yup. A fabulous end to the evening.
And that's all she wrote for 8pm. Well done all around, it is a very strong slate of shows. Let's do it again in less than an hour!
The band opens with "I get by with a little help from myself"... Well done, 14/48 band. Jodi-Paul gives a warm welcome, and it starts raining! For the first time in almost two months. The whole crew of staff and volunteers springs into action to move tents and make this happen. Self Help!
Show #1 - Face Program by K. Brian Neel directed by Jake Groshong:
The eyes, ears, lips, and nose of a fourteen year old boy are ready for a date, but skin hasn't shown up. They have to jump in and cover for him, and comedy chaos ensues. Jake and his boys take a hard show and (with a little improv) knock it out of the park. The crowd loves it. The rain is gone. There are techies running, not sure what that is about. All seems ok. Looks like they are putting weights on the projection screen.
Show #2 - Skin in the Game by Brendan Healy directed by Andy Jensen:
Heather Gautschi and Nick Edward want a life coah, they've got one in Michael Patten but he acts more like a sports coach. The couple starts working through their issues until Heather's character's dramatic revelation brings things to an end. Good comedy with a bittersweet ending. The audience is into it.
Show #3 - The Future King Bluckmore by Kelleen Conway-Blanchard directed by David Gassner:
This show makes so much more sense now that I've seen it in full. A deadpan comedy about a seriously dysfunctional medieval royal family. It's hard to describe much more than that. Some outrageous one-liners, such as "Impregnate me, you mutton chop." This cast is pretty much perfect for these roles. The crowd is eating it up. Nice sword fight!
Show #4 - For the Girls by Joy McCullough-Carranza directed by Rob Raas-Berquist:
Timely social commentary about double standards for women, especially by other women. Teenagers hating on the actress that cheated on their favorite actor, Hollywood agents talking about dropping that same actress, because girls now hate her, and elevating the director she cheated with. Not a total downer, it has humor all the way through, and the audience is getting it.
Intermission! Great show so far.
A lot of energy in the room. Actors are running lines, directors are giving last minute notes, and everyone is giving Gilbert a hug.
Stage Manager Dani reminds everyone to be careful with the mics. And check your props!
Project! But save your voice.
Strike details have been set. Curtain call choreography, courtesy of Tim Hyland, is being taught.
PDOC and Shawn say some moving words about dreams coming true, there may be tears in the room, and then EBF reminds everyone that we have to clean up, and fairly quickly, tonight.
First show is opening night energy! Second show is closing night energy!
Let's do this!
Our final show of the evening comes from Matt Smith, directed by Darian Lindle. We're watching the Miss Homemaker: Universe Edition pageant, when things start to go awry - time travel and unicorns are involved. They start with a cue-to-cue. They run out of time for a full run.
Some really brilliant costumes and props from the design team. Keira McDonald's unicorn suit is a triumph - but will it pee?
With that, the band rocks out into curtain call music, and we're done with tech. Everyone is off to grab some dinner before the company meeting at 7.
(Side note: 10 points to Jim Lapan for the Chuck Leggett reference, and 10 points to Amy Hill for getting the Chuck Leggett reference line both days)
A poster of Nick Edwards as teen heartthrob Daniel Whitfield features prominently on the set of Joy McCullough-Carranza's piece which will round out act one. I haven't seen much of this piece yet today despite my best efforts, so I can't tell you much about it until they run. They're working through a couple of sound cues.
They start a full run, and we're watching a slumber party/meeting of the Daniel Whitfield Fan Club side-by-side with a meeting between a couple of Hollywood agents. This show is social commentary based on the recent Kristen Stewart "scandal." They wrap up, and we're teching intermission.
The design team pulled off some nice set pieces for this one. Well done, rock stars. There are several internal music cues (and some nice period music from the band), and after working through those, David forgoes his last 5 minutes which puts us just about back on schedule.
Brendan Healy's contribution for today is about a couple trying to work out some issues with their life coach, who in turn is coaching them like athletes. A comic piece with some depth, guided soundly by Andy Jensen.
A couple cues with the band, and they start a full run. Michael Patten breaks a clipboard. A couple tweaks here and there, and we're good.
(Your blogger might be a little distracted for the next 3 hours as the Husky game has started... I'll do my best.)
In this piece by K. Brian Neel (Mazen winner!), our four intrepid actors make up the face of a 14-year old boy going on his first date. The perfect group of guys got this piece, and they are nailing it from what I've seen so far. Jake Groshong has done a great job staging this one.
After perfecting a radio montage and a couple of sound cues with the band, they run from the top. A little rough, but they're ready for tonight.
We're off and running, transitioning directly into show #2.
Another pass by Face Program, now on its feet, and I've got a slightly better idea of what's happening. Can't wait to see the finished product.
Scott Herman's two man yoga play might not be totally family friendly. But definitely funny. Welcome to 14/48 outdoors.
Designers are scattering. Folks are starting to take breaks, run lines, and mentally prepare for the afternoon. Alex Samuels is almost ready to serve a delicious lunch.
Nick Edwards is wandering around shirtless. Apparently a photoshoot in the fountain happened, and he got soaked for the second day in a row. That's his lot this weekend.
Another show with a character who doesn't speak, is there a theme going on?
Deep thoughts from the design team: "Chocolate is funnier because it looks like poop."
Can't wait for the band outro for Shawn's show!
Matt Smith's show has recorded their play for a time capsule. Now they are listening to themselves. Sounds good!
Virgin actor Matt Gilbert comes up to me with a panicked look. He's in the two hander, and apparently the other character has no lines...
I'm listening to Face Program run lines and I have no idea what is happening. Very difficult rhythms and text. They're going to have fun memorizing this. Why does Jason Sharp have a French accent?
From The Future King Bluckmore: "I'll have dry toast and an enema."
I think the writers have kicked it up a notch today.
Jason Sharp, Mike Dooly, Sam Hagen, Rob Jones
Show #2 - Skin in the Game by Brendan Healy, directed by Andy Jensen, 2m, 1w:
Michael Patten, Nick Edwards, Heather Gautschi
Show #3 - The Future King Bluckmore by Kelleen Conway-Blanchard, directed by David Gassner, 2m, 2w:
Melissa Fenwick, Alyssa Bostwick, Joe Zavadil, Raymond Williams
Show #4 - For the Girls by Joy McCullough-Carranza, directed by Rob Raas-Berquist, 2m, 3w:
Patrick Allcorn, Daniel Chercover, Shermona Mitchell, Shawnmarie Stanton, Danielle Daggerty
Show #5 - Blank Because Blank by Jim Lapan, directed by Shawn Law, 3w:
Allison Standley, Marianna de Fazio, Amy Hill
Show #6 - Yoga, the Manly Art of Relaxation by Scott Herman, directed by Rachel Delmar, 2m:
Keith Dahlgren, Matthew Gilbert
Show #7 - Time Sweepers by Matt Smith, directed by Darian Lindle, 4w:
Ashley Bagwell, Cynthia Whalen, Keira McDonald, Colleen Robertson, Christine Marie Brown
From the directors: David Gassner needs a sword fight choreographed - and there's more than one fight choreographer among our design team. They rock. So much.
There are two repeat writer/director pairs: Matt Smith and Darian Lindle; K. Brian Neel (Mazen!) and Jake Groshong.
Actor draw coming up shortly...
Followed by the delightful sight of Christine Marie Brown smashing Nick Edwards in the face with a water balloon in the early water balloon trials, as director Shawn Law looks on. 'Cause these things gotta be done. For science. And theater.
Friday, September 7, 2012
Act 2 opens with a rocking orginal song, with Sir Charles Leggett on harmonica.
Show #5, The Short Sale by Jim Lapan, directed by Rachel Delmar: I think Sam Hagen is playing Jim Lapan himself. This play is a history of the boom and bust of Puget Sound real estate, told through the eyes of one couple and their loan officer. Outstanding props again from our rock star designers. A powerful show.
Show #6, Finders Keepers by Brendan Healy, directed by Shawn Law: The two-hander. Christine Marie Brown is throwing water balloons at Nick Edwards! It's a fast-forward highlight/lowlight reel of their relationship. Clever, sweet, moving. My favorite of the night.
Show #7, The Music in Motion by Kelleen Conway-Blanchard, directed by Andy Jensen: "Glenn with two Ns, like gunnery and innards" is my favorite line of the night, but there are quite a few gems in this one. Shermona Mitchell, Patrick Allcorn, and Colleen Robertson are rapping and singing their way through a school assembly about drugs and safe sex. Melissa Fenwick is the horribly unfit teacher and Daniel Chercover is a misfit student. A great way to end the evening.
And that's all she wrote for night one! An outstanding slate of shows. Heavy on comedy, which is perfect for the outdoor setting. Great use of the space from everyone,and no sound issues that I could hear. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings on the topic of Self Help!
Talk to you all bright and early tomorrow morning! Get some sleep.
A very respectable audience for the Friday 10:30. And the band gets us off and rolling!
Jodi-Paul is preaching his usual spectacular sermon on how amazing 14/48 is. Everybody looks surprisingly unfrazzled, I must say. Can't wait to see how tomorrow goes.
Show #1 (I'm working without the set list here, so forgive the lack of titles and directors): A crisp comedy about fairy godmother/father training in fairytale land. Matt Gilbert is adorable in fairy wings. Michael Patten is sporting a delightful British accent. Clever use of the trees that make up part of the set. Great work all around.
Show #2 (the names are projected on a screen... So I'm an idiot), Everything is Hard by Matt Smith, directed by Darian Lindle: Rock band Everything is Hard is falling apart. Mutiny from three-handed musician Donna. Drama between the lead singer and the manager. A classic Matt Smith comedy, with great participation by the band.
Show #3, White Night by K. Brian Neel (Mazen winner!), directed by Jake Groshong: A gunshot makes for a tense start to this one. It's about a cult, so we quickly move into funny territory. Three women left behind after the salvation, three different reactions to the death of their great leader. A very dark ending. Nicely done, Mr. Mazen.
Show #4, The Only Band That Mattered by Scott Herman, directed by David Gassner: Brilliant skee ball prop from the design team. Hilarious costumes are really adding to this one. Parents and daughter watch a flashback about the parent's youth trying to see The Clash in concert. It gets amazingly awkward, followed by a very sweet ending. Nice work all!
<p>Just ran into Mazen award winner K. Brian Neel, on his way to write a play on the theme Self Help!</p>
<p>This is Patrick, just arriving for the 10:30 rendition (closing night energy!) and taking over from Mr. John Allis. I've got my phone so I may do a bit of color commentary from the back if the mood.strikes.